July 29, 2014

NBA News: Anthony Bennett sixth in Rookie of the Year odds

It’s only been one week since the 2013 NBA Draft, but that doesn’t mean it’s ever too early for some wagers. As noted by HoopsWorld’s Alex Kennedy, here are the odds from sportsbook Bovada on the 2013-14 NBA Rookie of the Year:

1. Trey Burke, PG, Utah — 4/1
2. Victor Oladipo, G, Orlando — 11/2
T-3. CJ McCollum, G, Portland — 15/2
T-3. Otto Porter, SF, Washington — 15/2
5. Michael Carter-Williams, PG, Philadelphia — 9/1
T-6. Anthony Bennett, F, Cleveland — 10/1
T-6. Ben McLemore, SG, Sacramento — 10/1
8. Cody Zeller, F, Charlotte — 12/1

Burke, who the the Jazz acquired from the Minnesota Timberwolves on draft night, is expected to be the starting point guard for the Jazz this season. The reigning NCAA Player of the Year at Michigan and a Columbus native, he is a logical candidate for the most playing time this next season, a la Damian Lillard this year with Portland.

The No. 2 and No. 3 picks, Oladipo and Porter, then fall next in line. Oladipo’s offensive game is not as developed, but early murmurs have the Magic potentially trying him out as a Russell Westbrook-esque explosive point guard. Porter has a unique all-around game, but with John Wall and Bradley Beal already on the Wizards, he might not get as many scoring opportunities.

Portland’s McCollum will be playing next to Lillard, but has a very developed scoring game making him an early sleeper for the scoring-influenced award. Philadelphia’s Carter-Williams, along with Nerlens Noel, will be the future of that young team but outside of his solid passing and zone defense abilities, has an inconsistent shot.

That then leads to Bennett, who is a tweener forward expected to be the offensive future in Cleveland alongside guards Kyrie Irving and Dion Waiters. The 20-year-old only played 27.1 minutes per contest his rookie season at UNLV, so it’s possible he’ll receive similar playing time with the Cavs. The pick-and-roll game with him and those fellow two young scorers should be exhilarating for fans.

Overall, I think Bennett and fellow sixth-favorite Ben McLemore should at least move ahead of Carter-Williams and perhaps Oladipo. Those two underdogs have much more developed offensive games, which should help with at least that over-emphasized part of the transition to the NBA game.

[Related: Saturday Six Pack: Reasons to love Anthony Bennett]

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Insane!

  • Mike Fitzpatrick

    Dude, you are one prolific writer.

    Based on a very small sample size – the NCAA tournament- Burke looked like the best player in America to me. The Cavs should have taken him. I know they have Kyrie, but the Cavs took Kevin Johnson when they had Price and then peddled him to Phoenix for Larry Nance. I like the idea of stockpiling talent, and not hoping and wishing some guy is going to develop, which will be the case with Bennett, it appears.

    Burke’s outside shooting and ballhandling ability will allow him to make an instant impact in league, I think. Plus, he’s displays oodles of grit, has swagger and appears to be blessed with the clutch gene (see game against Kansas in tourney). I don’t get that Bennett pick. There were games I watched him play when he would be completely invisible for long stretches.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Burke isn’t any more developed then Bennett and for a team who has won no more then 35 games the past three seasons it would be crazy to select a PG #1 after you just did that two years ago.

  • Mike Fitzpatrick

    Bennett’s season-high point total his senior year in high school was 23….23 points was all he could put up in a high school game. Plus, he’s got a shoulder injury. But I’m sure you consult for a number of NBA teams, so I’ll defer to your opinion.

  • Brandon Sander

    IMO, he should be above three of those guys at the very least. McCollum, Porter and Carter-Williams. None of those guys are going to average enough points to win the award.